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The Monolith, with 121 figures, is 14.12 m and the total height, including the plinth, is 17.3 m high in Vigelandsparken, Norway Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt©Vigeland-museet/BONO
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The famous statue of Sinnataggen, "Angry Boy", in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway Photo: VisitOSLO/Normanns Kunstforlag/Trygve Gulbrandsen@Vigelands-museet BONO
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The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Vigelandsparken is a must-see in Oslo. The famous park is filled with 212 bronze and granite sculptures and locals enjoying outdoor life.
Quote start I was a sculptor before I was born. There was no other path, and no matter how hard I might have tried to find one, I would have been forced back. Quote end
Gustav Vigeland

Vigelandsparken, also known as Frognerparken, is one of the most popular places to meet for people living in Oslo. In summertime you will find hundreds of Norwegians having a picnic or barbecue, or playing among the famous sculptures. The park is also a popular place for a stroll in the winter. 

A 14-meter high sculpture

One of the most famous sculptures is the Monolith. The column is over 14 metres tall and carved in one single stone. It consists of 121 human figures. There have been many interpretations of the Monolith: Man's resurrection, the struggle for existence, Man's yearning for spiritual spheres, the transcendence of everyday life and cyclic repetition.

Gustav Vigeland

Gustav Vigeland modelled all his sculptures in full size without any assistance of pupils or other artists. The carving in stone and the casting in bronze were left to a number of talented craftsmen.

Vigeland also designed the architectural setting and the layout of the grounds with their far stretching lawns and long straight avenues bordered with maple trees. The construction of the park lasted for a number of years.

The Vigeland Museum

Those who visit the park may see the original full-size plaster casts to the sculptures in bronze and granite situated just five minutes south of the park in the Vigeland Museum.

Café Vigeland

This café, patisserie and gift shop is located inside the main entrance to Vigeland Sculpture Park. French cakes and pastries, sandwiches, baguettes, freshly made juice, and a variety of coffees are available. Café Vigeland is open every day of the year – from 09:00 to 20:30 in June, July and August; from 09:00 to 19:00 in April, May and September and from 09:00 to 16:00 the rest of the year.

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Last updated:  2013-10-01
The Monolith in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, Norway - Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt©Vigeland-museet/BONO
The Monolith in Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, Norway
The famous statue of Sinnataggen, Vigelandsparken, Norway - Photo: VisitOSLO/Normanns Kunstforlag/Trygve Gulbrandsen@Vigelands-museet BONO
The famous statue of Sinnataggen, Vigelandsparken, Norway

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The Monolith, with 121 figures, is 14.12 m and the total height, including the plinth, is 17.3 m high in Vigelandsparken, Norway - Photo: VisitOSLO/Nancy Bundt©Vigeland-museet/BONO

The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

Vigelandsparken is a must-see in Oslo. The famous park is filled with 212 bronze and granite sculptures and locals enjoying outdoor life.

The Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park

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